Calypso Diving Centre
Calypso Diving Centre
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Spectacular Diving in Gozo's azure waters Operating since 1985, we are one of the longest established dive centre on the island of Gozo. Calypso Diving Centre is a PADI Dive Centre and BSAC Centre of Excellence, operating from modern, superbly located facilities on the seafront in Marsalforn. Year after year, over 65% of our clients return to dive with us again. For beginners and seasoned divers alike, diving in small groups enables our highly experienced, multilingual professional staff to provide individual guidance in a personal, friendly and helpful manner. A full range of PADI & BSAC Courses is on offer, as is guided diving from shore, from a rib (using our own fleet of trucks and our own rib) and from a hard boat. We are a member of Quality Divers. Customer Safety is our overriding priority. We offer Nitrox for free! Gozo's dive sites are quite numerous for such a tiny island, and they vary from reefs, caverns and caves, to wrecks, drop-offs and tunnels. The underwater topography around Gozo is something spectacular and must be seen to be appreciated. Most of the dive sites are quite suitable both for the beginner and the most advanced. The clarity of the water is rarely below 25 metres and our seas are practically free of tides and currents. Also, the water temperature is never below 14° Celsius in the winter months and reaches a maximum of 28° Celsius in the summer months. We want you to have some unforgettable diving experiences at the best dive sites in the Mediterranean! Apart from our extensive diving services, we at Calypso Dive Centre can take care of your complete holiday package including transfers, hotel accommodation, private villas with pool, self-catering apartments, guesthouses, car hire, etc. We'd love to share our passion for diving in the amazing azure waters of Gozo with you!
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Leysin, Switzerland39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
I would say what an amazing diving team in Gozo with the Calypso diving centre. Have not dived for a long time due to covid, I did 4 courses, dived 13 times with my two professional diving instructors Louis and Tyler. The team is multicultural and the divining plan was flexible. I felt safe, I learned efficiently and had a lot of fun. It was more than an experience, it was an unforgettable memory with all those beautiful diving spots as well as all those lovely employees and guests I met in the diving centre.

They have a well-designed office, a full-equipped wet room with all the diving equipments available for all sizes, a professional and friendly instructors team. Most importantly, no matter your are a beginner, young scuba diver or an experienced scuba diver, they always look at your situation and give you advices and recommendations which is great! And all these always come with a reasonable price.

The location is also the best among other diving centres, could not recommend it more. Will definitely come back diving with the team next time when we visit Gozo again!
Written June 28, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed and sweet review! It's great that you were able to fit so much into your trip after missing out due to covid! Looking forward to seeing you again, Take care, dive safe and enjoy the rest of the summer! Your Calypso Team ><\\> ><\\> ><\\>
Written August 23, 2022
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Christina H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Tanja and Tom are absolute legends. They put so much effort in giving you the best dive experience and fulfill your wishes on where you wana go diving. Extremely kind staff, professionally organized and just lovely to spend time here. Thanks for making our stay and diving so extraordinary beautiful. Highly recommended! We will definitely be back 💙
Written October 3, 2020
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Hello, you 2! Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review here! We are happy to read that you have had such a great time diving with us. It has been lovely to meet both of you, and we are looking forward to seeing you again hopefully soon! Sunny regards from Gozo, Tom, Tanja & the Calypso team
Written October 5, 2020
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Guide01025096527
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
My 14year old son learnt to dive with the Calypso Team and he could not have wished for a better experience.

This is a fantastic dive centre that is well equipped for all levels of diver. The Calypso team are really friendly, helpful and knowledgeable to advise and give recommendations aligned to your experience.

My son was very fortunate to have Adam, who is a brilliant professional diving instructor. He felt safe whilst learning and having fun, which is what made the experience so great!

A big ‘Thank You’ to all of the Calypso Team 😊

Colette and Matis
Written August 28, 2023
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Hello Colette & Matis, We're so glad Matis had a great experience learning to dive with us - he was a fantastic student! We hope to see you both again, The Calypso Team
Written October 4, 2023
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Scott H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My 11 year old son and I had a great time diving with Calypso. From the shop staff, to the dive team, everyone was very helpful and very friendly. Well organised and super friendly with a team who made every dive great fun. Can't recommend them highly enough. Over and above the diving, they gave us some great advice about the island and tips on things to do and places to see.

I guess Gozo is all about the dive sites but the dive team can really make or break your experience. With Calypso, the dive team definitely enhanced the experience with their advice, knowledge and firendship.

Thank you and hopefully see you again soon.

Scott and Cooper
Written August 23, 2022
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Grit A
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
If there were six stars, I would give them. This is the most professional dive centre I have ever been with (and there were a few)! I was truly amazed by how well organized this centre is. Everything runs smoothly, from check-in to be shown around the centre and the patient explanations of details. Here is a more detailed account (a summary at the end in case this is getting too long):

I checked in the day before my first dive. When I entered the shop, I only said that I booked 10 dives with them and they already knew who I was. From the very first minute on, I was already addressed with my name - the staff simply cares about their people. They made me feel like a fellow diver, not a costumer. Antje took me on a personal tour around the dive centre.

The wet room is only a few feet from the dive centre. A board informs you about your dive guide, destination and vehicle. All you need to do is take your box, triple check whether it contains everything you need and leave it in the right car. So every morning all the divers meet at the wet room and everyone knows exactly what to do. No stress, relaxed hustle, just putting together your gear and off you go. Since there are no more than six seats per bus, the dive groups are small. The guide knows who is sitting in their car; they know how experienced you are and freely engage in small talk to get to know you. This means that the dive is then accustomed to meet everyone’s needs. If you are more experienced, they give you more freedom under water, if not, they keep you closer.

You can do your own research and suggest dive sites you would like to see. Just let the centre know a day in advance and they try to adjust the dive plan to your wishes. Even so, safety and skills of the divers are the main priority in picking a dive site. The guides are very knowledgeable about the weather conditions, so they only go to dive sites where the weather permits an enjoyable dive (not like other centres). The dive sites are located around the island so you also get a tour on the way to your dive. However, it is a small island so this does not take more than maybe 20min.

Most important: Safety. First, the quality of the equipment is outstanding! There is a choice of masks, fins, wetsuits and they ask you to take your time selecting what fits you. Then here are three incidents. We went to one place that had a few jellyfish in the morning - although this is also one of the best places for night dives (Mgarr ix-xini), we went to a different location that evening because it was safer and still great (Xwejni Bay - underwater canyons and we saw Spanish slipper lobster). The dive centre offers the best possible, but never allows this to be the decisive factor. I can sometimes expect issues with my ear at 5 to 6m. I told the guides in advanced and as soon as we were at about 4m, they turned to see how I was doing and regularly checked on me. Very patient and very knowledgeable about tricks to equalize (already on shore). I also had some issues after diving at the Blue Hole. Eze and the team were calm and caring (Eze - muchas gracias por todo. Espero que hayas encontrado la sorpresa que te deje en la nevera! :-)) I could rely on their professionalism 100%.

The trip to Comino: What a beautiful day! I highly highly recommend doing it. Instead of putting your boxes in the cars, you put them on the boat and go around the island (again a tour of this beautiful place) and head for two dive sites, weather permitting. Lunch break is in the Blue Lagoon. It is a medium-size boat with a small and improvised kitchen. So don’t expect a three course meal (which you wouldn’t want before a dive anyway), but a choice of salads, cheese, cold cuts and bread, as much water as you like and further drinks to purchase. You have time to go for swim or snorkel, relax on the deck or walk around shore. We went to Santa Maria Caves and the P29 wreck (the former minesweeper "Boltenhagen" from the GDR) which you can dive into - so cool! On the way back to Marsalforn, you get to enjoy amazing views of Gozo again. You're back in the evening, all smiles and happy.

So why this and not any of the other dive centres on the island? The staff cares about you, diving and the sea. This becomes visible in the clean-ups they engage in and already the simple gesture of knowing your name and who you are from day one on. I had a few questions before I went to Gozo and my emails were usually answered within a day, sometimes a few hours only. Dive days often ended with a deco drink at the Smuggler’s Cave where other divers and guides meet to review the day and share stories and enjoy nice sunsets. All in all, Calypso offers the best program if you are looking for relaxed, comfortable and well-organized dives where the guides consider your needs, see you as a fellow diver, not a costumer and provide you with the best underwater experience Gozo has to offer.

So, yes, this is a long review, but those of you who took the time to read it, now know why Calypso should be your choice. Enjoy the dives and always continue to make bubbles :-)
Written August 30, 2018
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MymyRara
Edinburgh, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
From the moment I first e-mailed Calypso, to the moment we arrived home again, the team at Calypso ensured we had everything we needed, from start to finish.

This may be more of a "thanks to the staff at Calypso" than a review, but I felt it was necessary to post it here, where potential travellers and divers can see it. It may be long, but the short version is that the team at the Calypso Diving Centre are exceptional and run a very smooth operation; we'll definitely be back to dive with them again, as soon as our schedule allows!

My husband went diving with Calypso back when he was a teenager (over 20 years ago!), but hasn't been diving much since then. We both did our Open Water Certifications last year so, for our holiday this year, we decided to head to Gozo. There was no question which dive centre we would book with, as I'd heard such great things about Calypso from my husband.

Months before we were ready to book, I e-mailed Calypso to get an idea of approximate costs, what's involved/included and other miscellaneous things that a new diver wants to check! I received an e-mail back from Tanja and she took the time to explain all the options fully and clearly. I work in tourism myself, so my holidays are often booked at the last minute, as it's difficult to know when I can get away. What this means is that when we were ready to book, it was only a few weeks before our arrival date.

Tanja once again did all she could to help me and explained there were only two rooms left; one had a sea view and one didn't. I took the decision to phone her and she ensured we had the sea view room reserved for us immediately; I sent a small deposit that evening (around 30% of our booking total) and she took care of the rest for us.

We booked a package for a week at the Calypso hotel (also owned by the dive centre, and I've reviewed the hotel separately), a 6 dive package (with transport to and from dive sites, and drinking water provided at the sites, too) and transfers to and from Malta airport. All we had to do was let Tanja know our travel schedule and she organised everything for us (and we didn't have to pay the balance until the end of our stay).

On the afternoon of our arrival, we went into the dive centre, where we met Antje, who checked our paperwork, dive logs and medical forms, before booking us in for our dives for the week. Although we already knew about the daily gear costs, Antje made sure we were aware of the costs involved; there were no surprises though, as Tanja had already told us everything we needed to know via e-mail and phone. The process for "checking-in" at the dive centre was efficient and we felt very well looked after and safe that they were checking our paperwork so thoroughly.

We were mainly using Calypso's hired dive gear so, on the morning of our first dive, Debra helped us prepare our kit and boxes for our dives (and we kept the same kit for the full week of our holiday, which was great!), showing us where to wash and store our gear.

We dived our first day (2 dives) with Julia and, because she knew we hadn't dived since doing our Open Water the year before, she went over a few basics (things we already knew, but it was reassuring that she took the time to double check this); Julia made us feel at ease and she was very patient with me while I took a few moments at the start of my first dive to "rediscover neutral buoyancy" after a year out of the water as a new diver.

The rest of our dives (the other 5 we booked, as well as the added on dives we decided to do!) were with Allison and I really don't know where to start, as I cannot say enough lovely things about her! She is professional and extremely knowledgeable, but friendly and very easy to relate to; she's highly intuitive and empathic. My husband and I spoke with her about future goals for our diving adventures, and she kindly gave advice and great insight about where we are in our journey.

Allison: thank you so very much for taking the time to get to know us both, and for helping me, in particular, build my confidence as a new diver; I can't thank you enough! Thank you also for being so attentive after my fall just before getting into the Blue Hole (and also for holding my hand to steady me as I wobbled around on the shore afterwards, too!)

Aside from the fact that the dives themselves were spectacular (we're buying an underwater camera before we return!), Calypso's hire gear is all of a high standard (and well-maintained) and the facilities and level of professionalism are outstanding, my husband and I both felt that the staff really stood out; they are exceptional assets to Calypso.

I'm so touched and humbled that the entire dive centre team made us feel cared for, part of their team and also that, above all, we were in safe hands.

Thank you to each and every one of you; we cannot wait to return and dive with you again...as soon as possible!

Best wishes to you all,

Ian and Maya (I'm the woman with the quiff that, according to both Allison and my husband, looks amazing under the water).
Written November 17, 2015
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Hi Maya and Ian, Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review for our team!! It is wonderful to read your kind words and we are very happy that you have had such an enjoyable holiday with us. It's just so nice when our guests leave happy and with the feeling that they have made new friends, this is what Calypso should feel like! Allison is in holidays herself at the moment and is sending her regards. We hope to see you again in the near future and are sending you sunny regards from Gozo, Your Calypso Team
Written November 25, 2015
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Jon_123GB
Warwick, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
We had 4 dives with Calypso Dive Centre in Gozo. We're both still beginners with padi open water qualifications so were a bit ropey on our first dive after 18 months but our guides Janie and Max were brilliant and helped us both get back in the swing!!
The shop is well stocked and all the staff are really helpful and I think most languages are covered by the different staff...
Highly recommended...we hope to return next year to Malta & Gozo and do our advanced qualification and we will definitely use Calypso!!!
Written September 21, 2013
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Hi there Jon_123GB, Thank you for taking the time out of you day to write this great review. We're all looking forward to you and Christine coming back for a few more dives and giggles. Max and Jaynie sends their regards and says thank you for sharing your dinner with them, however they would have preferred it the conventional way as suppose to under water ;)
Written September 24, 2013
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Dave F
Shrewsbury, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Calypso Diving Centre continues to be a completely professional, well run operation with top class enthusiastic staff. If you are looking for a dive centre which puts your safely first, look no further, Calypso is the one. George, Tom, Tanja, Mike, Antje, Mac, Chris, Jayne, Martin and Damian really make you feel special and nothing is too much trouble for them to ensure your diving holiday is exactly what you wanted it to be. If you have never dived before and always fancied trying, you will not be in better hands to learn than with Calypso. Keep up the great work.
Written July 20, 2013
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Hi there Dave F It always brightens up our day to hear from you and your beautiful wife. Thank you for the great review. As you know yourself it is difficult not to be enthusiastic about diving here on Gozo! I think it's safe to say that the whole team is looking forward to a few laughs and dives together soon again.
Written September 19, 2013
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Will
Belfast, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Business
Booked for a group of 12. Fantastic bunch of dive instructors. Visited various dive sites throughout the week. Water quite cold but understandably for March. Only drawback was the owner is an Arsenal fan lol. This review dates back to 2005. Sorry it has taken so long. Superb week by all.
Written September 13, 2019
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Dear Stevie! Thanks for the nice review about your experience at our dive centre. It was a pleasure to have you all with us even though it was in March when the weather elements are not always great. We keep on trying to do our best for our clients everyday and most of the time we succeed, which is a lot more than I can say about the Arsenal :D Sunny regards from Gozo, George and the Calypso team
Written September 14, 2019
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_adam_bennion
Warrington, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Hello Tanya,

Thank you personally and please thank all the Calypso crew on our behalf for a wonderful weeks holiday, it has been the best week any of us can recall. Everything worked superbly well, including your efforts and success at securing such a thorough medical for Rachel at such short notice with Dr Saliba to address my oversight - oops. You run a fabulously professional organisation, which blends obvious talent and broad experience with such a fun loving and vibrant atmosphere, it make for a truly powerful combination. Please say hi and thanks to Tom, Paulina, Asbjorn, Antje, Joffrai, and Alison, and perhaps rather than goodbye, we will just say au revoir.
See you in 2019 folks. Best wishes Calypso from the Bennions xxxx
Written August 8, 2018
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Hello Adam and family, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this super-nice review! We are very happy to hear that you have had such a splendid time in Gozo and with us, and that all of your family is hooked to diving now. I will be very glad to pass on your regards, and we are looking forward already now to welcoming you for another diving holiday in the near future! Sunny regards from Gozo, Tanja and the Calypso team
Written August 9, 2018
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